ISLAMABAD: The first meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) under Prime Minister Imran Khan concluded that the country’s stability and prosperity was only possible through the rule of law.
The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) called of its countrywide protest sit-ins late Friday night following an agreement with the federal and Punjab governments.
On October 30, nationwide protests erupted against the acquittal of blasphemy accused Aasia Masih, aka Aasia Bibi, by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan today chaired a meeting of National Security Committee at Prime Minister’s Office,” read an official statement.
“The meeting reviewed security situation of the country. The Prime Minister also apprised the participants about his recent visit to China,” the communique said. “The meeting concluded that progress and prosperity of Pakistan lies in peace, stability and rule of law.”
The meeting, the statement added, was attended by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and senior officials.
Meanwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed overall law and order situation of the country.
Sources said that the meeting was held before the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting. The meeting discussed matters pertaining to overall law and order situation of the country.
PM Imran Khan also briefed the COAS regarding his visit to China. The two leaders also discussed matters relating to situation arising after religious party’s protest.
They also reviewed action being taken against those who vandalized the public and private properties. – NNI